This month I’ve been getting around on BMW’s all-new CE 04 electric scooter – my first extended test with an all-electric vehicle. My intention is to just go about my business using the bike as often as possible and seeing what problems (if any) arise, and what might be some of its inherent benefits.
In my first video, which you can watch below, I rode around local streets with a bit of time on the freeway. I’ve been so impressed by its low-down torque (0-50km/h in 2.6s) and overall build quality.
It’s also so refreshing in its styling, almost sci-fi inspired. The heated grips and seat have been much appreciated, as was the reverse function when I found myself stuck on a dirt track which you’ll see. It’s deceptively long in its wheelbase and quite heavy, though it hides its size well and has a planted feeling on the road.
Range has been less of an issue than I anticipated, with the massive TFT screen giving constant feedback regarding the battery charge level and how efficiently you’re managing it.
What we like (so far):
- Fast to 60km/h
- Lots of useable tech features
- Grouse styling
- Solid build quality
Not so sure (as yet):
- Exxy for a scooter ($21,690)
- Silence uncomfortable in traffic
- Seat made pillion nervous
Spencer has a keen eye for hard news, and does some of his best living on deadline day. He loves more than anything to travel on his motorcycle, and is adamant that Melbourne Bitter is a world-class lager. He also knows how to operate the big computery thing in the office. By night, Spencer plays guitar with Melbourne punk outfit LOUTS.